Get Sprung!

Put Some Spring in your Step!

Spring is not a long season in Florida, and some of the days already feel like summer. Spring is a time of growth and renewal.

It makes you want to be outside enjoying nature. I always say I’m going to start a garden or plant something. It’s in my blood after all. In reality I am not so sure I have the same green thumb as my mom and grandmother. I can keep potted plants alive. I’ll call that a win.

Fun Gardening Activities to Celebrate Earth Day

There are some pretty cool things you can do to flex your thumb, even if it’s not so green. These DIYs will be sure to satisfy that creative need and get you sprung for spring!

All of these Spring DIY projects are popping up all over Pinterest! For more information on any of these projects simply download the app and pin away!

Get Whimsical – Build a Fairy Garden

This one is super fun for the kids, too! Pick out a small plant or just fill a small pot you have with soil. You can then scan the yard for parts or pick them up at your local garden supply store. Many craft stores now offer cute miniatures made specifically for fairy gardens as well.

Parts can be sticks, flowers, moss, stones or whatever floats your boat. Get creative!

Arrange the plants. Make a path with the stones. If you have a hot glue gun you can use the stick to make a little bench or a swing. It’s a fun way to plant a small-scale garden.

Kids can get involved in the process and learn a little about nature along the way!

Get Fly – Make a homemade butterfly feeder

You can use a plate and a sponge or even a jar if that’s what you have. The feeder can be decorated with silk flowers and other foliage. To attract the butterflies, light-reflecting glass beads are really helpful.

Butterflies not only look pretty in your yard, they also help the flowers grow through pollination.

There are a few materials you need for this project, but don’t worry – they won’t break the bank. Affix the sponge to the plate and hang it in the yard using a wire plate holder and twine.

Keep the sponge filled with sugar water and voila!

It’s a Small World – Make tiny planters for succulents and air plants

First, gather some wine corks – you know you have some.

Next get some soil, small plants and a Swiss Army knife or something small like that. Hollow out the corks with the knife, add soil and plants. Now you have tiny plants!

They can be arranged on the wall or in a dish with pebbles or dry beans. This is a DIY so use your imagination and come up with a new idea.

The picture in the tutorial shows them staggered and stuck to the wall. It looked pretty cool. Experiment with different plants and displays. It’s a fun, creative activity that leaves you with a some new house swag.

Mossy – Make a terrarium

What is a terrarium, you say? A terrarium is an enclosed garden of small plants. They are usually put into glass containers so you can see your garden and keep it on display in your home.

It’s great for the kids because they can see natural cycles occurring up close and personal. You will need a jar or any other thin glass container so you have good visibility.

Next you will need pebbles, activated charcoal to keep the water clean, soil, and of course, plants and moss. The plants and moss should be available through a short nature walk around town or your yard. It’s a fun way to get the kids involved with the natural world.

It’s also a good way for adults to reconnect with it and unwind a bit.

Nature Rocks – Make your own planters with concrete

Sounds a bit out there, but the results are worth it. You can customize the shape and color according to your own style needs. Spruce up your garden with something all your own. It’ll be a made by you original. All you need is concrete, cooking spray, gloves and a mold, such as a bowl.

You mix the concrete, pour it over your mold and wait for it to dry. If you use plastic, that’s where the cooking spray comes in. It helps to keep the concrete from sticking to the mold afterwards. If you use glass, you break the mold to release the bowl.

Molds can be found anywhere! Like yard sales, thrift shops, or maybe you already have some around the house.

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